Wrist surgery will shelve Goydos till summer
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Paul Goydos, a two-time PGA Tour winner, will miss 10-15 weeks after surgery on his left wrist Monday in California.
Goydos, 47, had a bone spur that was irritating a tendon removed at the famed Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic near Los Angeles.
The Long Beach native has had chronic issues with the wrist since he started playing golf as a professional. In 1986, wrist pain prompted Goydos to take 18 months off. He returned when he found that Victory Jumbo grips relieved some of the wrist pressure.
However, the pain, diagnosed as tendinitis, would persist throughout his career.
In 2000, Goydos saw a hand specialist who found nothing wrong with the wrist but suggested applying heat to the area. It helped until the end of last year, when the wrist pain flared up again.
“I thought I was going to throw up,” Goydos said, describing an especially acute bout of pain before the Disney event. “But by the 20th ball, it didn’t hurt at all.”
Goydos hopes to start chipping and putting after the half cast comes off in about six weeks and then will work through the bag before his anticipated return sometime this summer.
“I need to go 18 days without pain,” Goydos said, noting a benchmark before he would be willing to return to the PGA Tour.
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Goydos hopes that the surgery to fix the bone spur and resulting tendinitis, which he said weakened his left side for most of his career, could free up his swing so that it’s not right-side dominated.
Should that be the case, Goydos might need even more time to adjust his swing for the unforgiving rigors of PGA Tour courses.
“I’m not Tiger Woods,” Goydos said. “I can’t take time off and then just come back. I need more time because my game, at least currently, is more timing.”